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Seatruck brings back shared cabins for freight-drivers on their FSG class freight-only ferries, among them the Seatruck Power, captured by AFLOAT swinging into the fairway within Dublin Port when departing for Liverpool.
Seatruck, the Irish Sea freight-only operator announced the return of shared cabins following removal of social distancing rules introduced during the Covid pandemic that required drivers instead to use single cabin occupancy, writes Jehan Ashmore. The relevant authorities have now removed…
European Sea Ports Organisation welcomes EP-TRAN efforts to find solution for risk of carbon and business leakage in framework of ETS-maritime.
The European Parliament Committee for Transport and Tourism (TRAN) yesterday adopted the draft opinion of MEP Novakov on the Commission proposal to bring the maritime sector into the EU Emission Trading System (ETS). The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) welcomes…
The Maritime And Coastguard Agency said it was satisfied the European Causeway was safe to sail again. The P&O ferry is seen during a pre-crew dispute sailing on the North Channel off the Scottish coast and when bound for Cairnryan.
A ferry operated by P&O which spent hours adrift in the Irish Sea on Tuesday is back in service after passing an inspection. The European Causeway lost power off the County Antrim coast while sailing from Scotland to Northern Ireland.…
On the Clyde: LÉ George Bernard Shaw which arrived in Glasgow this week, is the first visit by Irish Naval Service to Scotland in more than a decade
A Naval Service patrol vessel visited Scotland, the first to do so in over 10 years which arrived this week. The LÉ George Bernard Shaw arrived in Glasgow with the Royal Navy in Scotland sharing images of the Offshore Patrol…
P&O under pressure to return furlough cash from the UK government
The company P&O Ferries, reports BBC News, has been urged to hand back the money it received to furlough staff during the coronavirus pandemic as Afloat reported in March 2020. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the firm should repay the…
Cunard's Queen Victoria arriving to Harland & Wolff shipyard is the only ever Cunard ship to dry-dock in Belfast.
The 294m Queen Victoria cruise ship is in Belfast Harbour for dry-docking and is another luxurious vessel turning heads this week. Putting the sheer scale into context, Queen Victoria as Belfast Telegraph writes, is around 25m longer than the Titanic or…
There was a strong turnout of 22 Water Wags for the first race of the AIB DBSC Summer season at Dun Laoghaire Harbour last night.  In a force three easterly breeze, Howth Yacht Club's Ian Malcolm at the helm of…
At the moment, the only Dover-Calais passenger services are being provided by Irish Ferries and DFDS. As P&O Ferries services have been suspended for nearly six weeks after 800 workers were sacked without notice.
Ferry company P&O has resumed freight services on its Spirit of Britain ship, but passenger crossings remain suspended. As KentLive reports the vessel left Port of Dover on Tuesday evening (26 April). Spirit of Britain was detained by the Maritime and…
The P&O ferry European Causeway which operates between Larne and Cairnryan - lost power on the way to Northern Ireland on Tuesday afternoon.
Ferry operator P&O has said a full investigation will be carried out after a vessel travelling to Larne was left to drift off the coast of Co Antrim after losing power. The 'European Causeway' - which operates between Larne and…
At the Clydeside shipyard of Ferguson Marine is where the 100-tonne block lift of the bow to be connected onto Hull 802. The ferry Afloat adds is one of two for operator CalMac.
Clydeside shipyard Ferguson Marine announced on Monday, the completion of a major milestone in the build of one of the dual fuel ferries currently under construction. Hull 802, as the vessel is currently known, was fitted with its large bow…
Union RMT said no P&O ferry should be allowed to set sail after a vessel (European Causeway) ran adrift off the coast of Larne.  The ferry AFLOAT adds had only resumed service last week on the North Channel route to Cairynryan following a crew dispute that began more than a month ago.
A trade union has said that no P&O ferry should be allowed to set sail after a vessel ran adrift off the coast of Larne. Passengers on the firm’s European Causeway were in a state of confusion yesterday after the…
New UK cruise brand, Ambassador Cruise Line's Ambience following a maiden cruise to Germany, is to visit Belfast Harbour and Cobh, Cork Harbour next month. Above Ambience departing London (Tilbury) on the Thames estuary when on its maiden cruise to Hamburg. Among the facilities are 11 lounges and bars, entertainment venues including the multi-tiered The Palladium and Observatory, which plays host to cabarets and late-night discos.
Ambassador Cruise Line, the UK's newest cruise operator whose Ambience has completed a 4-day round trip maiden voyage from its London homeport of Tilbury to Hamburg, Germany, writes Jehan Ashmore. In advance of Ambience's inaugural cruise that departed the London…
Ferry incident: A P&O ferry, European Causeway (seen in recent years) was adrift off the coast of Northern Ireland has docked at the Port of Larne after regaining power.
A ferry operated by P&O which was sailing from Scotland to Northern Ireland has regained power after spending hours adrift in the Irish Sea. The European Causeway, which can carry up to 410 passengers, has docked at Larne Harbour. It left…
Among the characteristics of Brittany Ferries new 'freight rail-motorway', will benefit UK-France links with Poole, Portsmouth and Rosslare to Cherbourg, where the French port will see a seamless transport of unaccompanied trailers from Ireland and UK to the Iberian Peninsula and vice versa. Plus a reduction of road traffic, congestion and emmissions with the 970km rail journey replacing an alternative 920km road journey.
Brittany Ferries has given the go-ahead to a new rail-freight link connecting the Port of Cherbourg in Normandy and Bayonne in the Nouvelle Aquitaine region in south-western France. The Breton based ferry company first announced the rail project back in…
On the Clyde the historic Govan Docks downriver of Glasgow City, are to be restored so they can repair ships once more.The docks have been derelict for 35 years.
On the River Clyde a £500,000 scheme was announced to re-open the A-listed derelict Govan Graving Dock, just west of the Glasgow Science Centre at Pacific Quay on the river's south side. According to The Scotsman, the company behind the…
The first image of the Artemis Technologies 100 per cent electric, high-speed foiling prototype. Trials of the workboat vessel ‘Pioneer of Belfast’ have commenced on Belfast Lough
Artemis Technologies, the global leader in green maritime innovation, has just released the first pictures of its 100% electric, high-speed foiling workboat prototype on Belfast Lough. The vessel was designed and built to include the production specification drivetrain, battery and…

As an island economy, a healthy maritime sector is key to our national competitiveness. Virtually all our imports and exports pass through Irish ports.

Ireland is dependent on ports and shipping services to transport goods and 90% of our trade is moved though Irish ports. Shipping and maritime transport services make a significant contribution to Ireland’s ocean economy, with the sector generating €2.3 billion in turnover and employing over 5,000 people in 2018.

Ireland’s maritime industry continues to grow and progress each year with Irish ports and shipping companies making significant investments. The ports sector in Ireland is currently undergoing a number of expansions and developments with Dublin Port’s Alexandra Basin development, the development of Ringaskiddy in Cork by Port of Cork and the development of Shannon Foynes Port. Along with these major investments, shipping companies are also investing heavily in new tonnage, with Irish Ferries, CLdN and Stena leading new build programmes.

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